Incofin Investment Management (Incofin) Regional Director for East Asia and Impact Manager Dina Pons was the keynote speaker at the Asian Venture Philanthropy (AVPN) Roundtable held in Beijing on the 17th of August 2018, an event co-sponsored by CVP Investment and Narada Foundation.
AVPN is a unique funders’ network based in Singapore committed to building a vibrant and high impact social investment community across Asia. The roundtable is part of a series of events in China to build up the social investment ecosystem, and provided insights into the trends in the impact investment space in Asia and feature, followed by the current social landscape in China, emphasizing some of the gaps and opportunities.
Incofin is a global impact investor with more than 15 years’ experience and a strong presence in Asia through 2 offices and more than 200 investments in debt and equity in the region. Given this strong track record and reputation, AVPN invited Dina Pons to share her knowledge to an audience of Chinese investors interested in venturing into impact.
Dina shared some insights on the current impact investing landscape, which experienced a growth of 13% for collective AUM during the past five years, after which she elaborated more specifically on developments in South East Asia. According to the recent GIIN report on ‘The Landscape for Impact Investing in Southeast Asia’, investment activity in South East Asia has increased with more than 75% of deals and 80% of capital deployed since 2013.
Investors like Incofin have primarily deployed capital to sectors that promote financial inclusion, expand access to basic services and create livelihoods. Incofin’s presence in Asia has been growing accordingly, and Dina shared some of Incofin’s portfolio investees companies including AMK (Cambodia), Faircent (India) and SAVE Solutions (India).
Incofin looks forward to continue discussing, contributing and investing in the impact sector in China, elaborating on its impact investing experience in the region.